“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments: An “irreconcilable problem” for A&E
On the one hand, A&E doesn’t want to offend people who would be offended by Robertson’s comments, whether they’re gay or not. On the other hand, as James Poniewozik points out, “once you take any kind of action on that, you’ve got the opposite problem – with deeply religious viewers who like the Robertsons for their faith. They’re going to see it as you punishing him for saying out loud what he believes, and maybe for what they themselves believe, and what they believe is the word of God. You”re punishing him, in their eyes, for being one of them.” PLUS: Fox News hosts and Sarah Palin defend Robertson, and Robertson released a statement saying: “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.”
Kristen Johnston is “almost completely unable to move” due to a rare autoimmune disorder
The former “Third Rock From the Sun” explained on Facebook: “”I’ve been really, really sick since early Sept. Full body muscle weakness to the extent that just walking difficult, stairs impossible and I even need a neck brace to hold my head up.”
Simon Cowell confirms Demi Lovato is done with “The X Factor”
Cowell says Lovato’s tour next year conflicted with the Fox reality show. “She and I have had our ups and downs but now consider her a true friend, he added. “The door will always be open. And thank you Demi.”
Man dies during an Australian trip his wife won on “Ellen”
Brandon McGraw, a U.S. Marine, was in Australia with his wife when he died in a parachuting accident over the weekend.
“Elementary” casts Paul Sorvino and “The Sopranos'” Vincent Curatola
They’ll guest as feuding mob bosses.
Jay Leno on CNN would mean he and Conan O’Brien would be working for the same company, Time Warner
Is Leno too costly for CNN? And would Time Warner want to shell out big bucks for a late-night show opposite its TBS late-night star, Conan.
Claim: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” promotes bullying, exclusion
“Perhaps I am wrong, but this strikes me as a terrible, terrible lesson for kids,” Michael Schaffer says of the children’s classic. “At the very basic level, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ presents a fairly grim, Hobbesian vision of society: If you want to be accepted, you have to prove your economic utility-which, in the case of magical flying reindeer, appears to only involve the annual sleigh-pull.”
“First Night 2013 with Jamie Kennedy” won’t happen again this New Year’s Eve
Orange County station KDOC confirms it won’t resurrect last year’s trainwreck.
“Chelsea Lately” star Heather McDonald may become a”Real Housewives”
McDonald has recently been spotted with the ladies of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
Why did Netflix remove most “SNL” episodes?
Does “Saturday Night Live’s” deal with Yahoo! mean fewer episodes on Netflix?
A pair of college professors release a book about becoming “Supernatural Fangirls”
A psychologist and a professor of British literature explain their “Fangasm” over the CW series: “Why ‘Supernatural’? Solid writing, an intricate mythology, scary monsters both literal and metaphorical. A story of love, loyalty, and family. An emotionally intense relationship between the main characters that generates enough chemistry to power a small city. Two very hot actors. Wasn”t that enough?
Finn Hudson’s “Glee” mom joins “The Fosters”
Romy Rosemont will become a recurring guest star in the spring.
Check out “Justified” pics of Michael Rapaport and David Koechner
Alicia Witt is also part of Season 4.
Coming soon: “Sons of Anarchy” action figures
A toy company is also making “SOA” plush toys, key rings and bobbleheads.
Howard Stern dresses in drag for his Christmas card
The “America’s Got Talent” judge is sitting on his wife dressed as Santa’s lap.